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The Rapture at FYFest (more by Rachel Carr)
The Rapture

The Rapture have released an Emperor Machine Remix Edit of "How Deep Is Your Love?" via the Adult Swim Singles Program (which recently released songs by Best Coast, The Tallest Man On Earth, Mastodon, How To Dress Well, Ford & Lopatin, and Active Child). Listen to the song below now. Download it Wednesday (7/20) along with all the other tracks released so far. Look for upcoming songs from Clams Casino, JJ feat. Ne-Yo, El-P, and Cerebral Ballzy in the coming weeks.

The Rapture play Music Hall Of Williamsburg on 8/20 before they head across the pond to the EU. The show is sold-out. All dates are also listed below.

Continue reading "Adult Swim Singles continues w/ a Rapture remix (listen)"

Psychedelic Furs at Wellmont in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs recently reissued their sophomore album Talk Talk Talk (home of "Pretty In Pink") in Europe, where they toured the album in its entirety. On Saturday (6/25), they kicked off a tour for the album in America. That tour doesn't hit NYC, but they will come through in October for a traditional show at Irving Plaza on October 3 with Tom Tom Club. Tickets are on sale now.

Both Psychedelic Furs and Tom Tom Club also have festival appearances scheduled in August and both are playing the Hamptons. As mentioned, Tom Tom Club play Music to Know Fest in East Hampton. Psychedelic Furs were added to Escape to New York at the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton, NY on August 5 - 7. Tickets are still available. Other recently confirmed acts include Of Montreal, Savoir Adore, Reptar, Mates of State, Tiger Love, and Jolly Boys.

Full Escape to NY lineup and all Psychedelic Furs tour dates below...

Continue reading "upcoming Psychedelic Furs gigs, updated Escape to NY lineup"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Best Coast @ LPR
Best Coast

Best Coast, two day after opening for the Decemberists at Prospect Park, headlined the early Planned Parenthood benefit show at Le Poisson Rouge last night (6/16). Those Darlins, who also played multiple shows while in town, and who Bethany and Co expressed their love for from stage, opened the West Village show. If you weren't there maybe you streamed it online?

Pictures from the NYC show, including one of Best Coast's setlist, continue below...

Continue reading "Best Coast & Those Darlins played for Planned Parenthood @ Le Poisson Rouge (pics)"

Best Coast @ Prospect Park (more by Jessica Amaya)
Best Coast

The Planned Parenthood benefit at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (6/16) with Best Coast & Those Darlins, which has already raised $15,000, is sold out, but 100 tickets will be sold at the door. Doors are at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. It's an early one. If you can't make it, LPR will also be streaming it online.

Best Coast's new "Gone Again" video below...

Continue reading "Best Coast Planned Parenthood show sold out, but tickets at door & streaming online"

photos by Jessica Amaya, words by Andrew Sacher

The Decemberists

I arrived a little late to Prospect Park last night (6/14) for the first Celebrate Brookln benefit show of the 2011 season and only caught the second half of Best Coast's 30 minute set. They handled the large venue well though, and I regret not being able to get there sooner. Not long after I entered the venue, it started raining and by the end of Best Coast's set, the audience was almost entirely covered by umbrellas.

It was still raining when The Decemberists took the stage for the sold out show. Jenny Conlee was unfortunately absent, but Colin Meloy dedicated a song to her and mentioned that Team Jenny merchandise was available, and that she is going to recover. The band was joined on stage by Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) on fiddle and vocals, like they were at Bonnaroo. Their fairly consistent set was pretty heavy on The King Is Dead material and a few older, yet equally accessible ones which made for a seemingly quick show. However, the band were able to sneak in a couple of the more explorative songs, including the borderline-sludge "Won't Want For Love" and the progressive-leaning "The Bagman's Gambit, without dragging the set.

The Decemberists

About halfway through the show, the rain completely stopped and Prospect Park's roof of umbrellas came down, revealing how packed the venue really was. Despite playing to such a huge crowd, Colin Meloy was as quirky as someone playing a backyard show (he did note that Eugene Mirman told him Prospect Park was literally his backyard). Colin prefaced "We Both Go Down Together" by telling us that they'd like to go into their joint-suicide material, made tons of whimsical jokes about the rain, and even choreographed an audience-wide school-choir styled hand dance. And even while performing much of the lighter Neil Young-meets-R.E.M. alt-country of the new album, he made it clear that he's still a rocker at heart (not unlike Neil Young, I mean, they don't call many folk singers the "godfather of grunge"). After getting our permission to go to a 'darker place,' Meloy asked that the stage be 'bathed in red,' and the band went into the dark intensity of "The Rake's Song." Chris Funk and Sara Watkins abandoned their usual instruments to drum along, forcing the song to hit even harder than it does on record.

The Decemberists ended their 15-song set with a King is Dead standout, "This is Why We Fight," and left momentarily before Colin and John Moen returned to the stage for the first encore to perform "Raincoat Song" together, but not before telling a story about John not being able to identify a Pink Floyd song playing in a Park Slope coffee shop earlier that day. It's unclear what coffee shop it was, but the story hilariously included a snotty barista and a reminder that John previously played Prospect Park with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (who announced a tour earlier that day).

John, who sang harmonies on the song ("Raincoat Song"), messed up a few lines but quickly covered it up by adding in lighthearted dialogue with Colin. After the song ended, John returned to his drums and the two were joined by the rest of the band for a cover of Fruit Bats' "When U Love Somebody." The encore ended with an elongated version of "The Chimbley Sweep," complete with the usual playfully dissonant "guitar duel" (as Colin referred to it) between him and Chris Funk, a Sara Watkins fiddle solo, and some slightly awkward crowd surfing on Colin's part (video below). The band contrasted the oddly epic end of their first encore by returning to the stage for the soft alluring "June Hymn". The almost-full moon in the sky, as Colin pointed out, added to the beauty of the surroundings.

Side note: Celebrate Brooklyn is now providing concessions with the help of The Farm on Adderley, rather than Two Boots, who have done it in the past. The new menu has four categories of food including food on a stick, on a bun, in a cup, and vegetable fry. Check out the full menu. (editor's note: I miss the corn and watermelon! And the food lines seem much longer now. Two Boots seemed to know how to move people along better. Maybe it will get better.)

More pictures from the show, the setlist and a video of Colin Meloy in the crowd below...

Continue reading "The Decemberists played Prospect Park w/ Best Coast (pics, setlist & video of Colin in the crowd)"

Kurt Vile @ Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Matthew Eisman)
Kurt Vile

today in NYC
* Evillive
* Sketchfest @ UCB
* Brooklyn Pride
* Jean Rohe @ Barbes
* Pezzettino @ Sycamore
* Hall & Oates @ Jones Beach
* Figment Festival @ Governors Island
* The B-52s @ Irving Plaza
* Earl Howard @ The Stone
* Howard Fishman @ Barbes
* Anthony Davis @ The Stone
* Brian Wilson @ Highline Ballroom
* Taj Weekes & Adowa @ 92YTribeca
* Renegade Craft Fair @ McCarren Park
* Unsane, Sweet Diesel, Pigs @ Union Pool
* Kieltolaki, Brain Killer, Nomad @ The Acheron
* The LLoyd Cole Small Ensemble @ City Winery
* The Howling Hex, Ben Kronenberg @ Cake Shop
* Doldrums, Von Haze, Flow Child @ Cameo Gallery
* Those Darlins, Natural Child, Stuyvesant @ Maxwell's
* Les Paul Birthday Week featuring the Gary Hoey Band
* The Music of Philip Glass and Franz Schubert @ the Met
* Two Dark Birds, Little Gold, Nina Violet @ Bowery Electric
* The Denzels, Gunfight!, Dead Stars, Huntronik @ Bruar Falls
* Hallelujah, The Hounds Below, Cowboy & Indian @ Union Hall
* Drive-By Truckers, Alejandro Escovedo @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Small Black, Chris Keating of Yeasayer (DJ set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Brooklyn Folk Festival @ Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition
* Canblaster, John Talabot, Hard Mix, DJ True Panther @ Glasslands
* Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Dub Is A Weapon @ Brooklyn Bowl
* DJ Dog Dick, Greg Fox, C. Spencer Yeh, The Dreebs @ Shea Stadium
* Kurt Vile & the Violators, Purling Hiss, Meg Baird @ Bowery Ballroom
* Yourself & The Air, Ume, The Foxx, Man Your Horse @ The Rock Shop
* Larry Austin at Eighty: A Fifty-Year Retrospectiv @ Issue Project Room
* Grandfather, Your Skull My Closet, Descender, Bones Howell @ Saint Vitus
* Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club, Lucius, The Glorious Veins @ Mercury Lounge
* Michael Chapman, D. Charles Speer, Hot Molasses, Pigeons @ Ding Dong Lounge
* Dale Watson, Guitar Shorty, Bambi Kino (Big Apple BBQ) @ Madison Square Park
* Ahleuchatistas, Stats, Multitudes, Winter's Womb, Den Svarta Fanan @ Coco 66
* Pygmy Shrews, Pop. 1280, White Suns, Pampers, Family Curse @ Death By Audio
* Man Forever (with Brian Chase and Ryan Sawyer), Pika, Hard Nips @ The Gutter
* Coheed & Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio, Tigers Jaw @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* Rosetta, Tidal Arms, Drummers, East of the Wall, Don't Give a Fuck @ The Charleston
Krays, Olde York, Razorblade Handgrenade, Suspect Device (Truents), Sped @ Europa
* Extra Life, Stern, Seaven Teares, Sam Hillmer, Sculptress (Last Things Records showcase) @ Zebulon
* Dinosaur Feathers, Shark?, Gross Relations, Parquet Courts, Moonmen On The Moon, Man @ Silent Barn
* Deathface, The Captain, Prince Terrence, Mexicans with Guns, Murdertronics @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Medeski Martin & Wood, Josh Roseman & The King Froopy Allstars, Jim Black's AlasNoAxis @ Central Park Summerstage
* Trouble Andrew, 2AM Club, The Last Royals, The Front Bottoms, Life Between Sleep, The Kickdrums (TheCheapPop's Benefit for Japan) @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* My Summer, Finding Fiction, Old Monk, Mike Visser, Miracles of Modern Science, Life Size Maps, Zak Smith, The L Train, Crooks & Perverts, Jamie Bendell @ Spike Hill
* Memoryhouse, High Highs, Foxes In Fiction, Eastern Conference Champions, Suns @ Pianos

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Tonight's Figurines show at Knitting Factory has been moved to August 17. All tickets will be honored. Refunds available at point of purchase.

Brooke Fraser @ Webster Hall is cancelled.

Bonnaroo is going on in Tennesee and is streaming online.

New Best Coast video for "Gone Again", below...

New Belle & Sebastian too. Video below...

What else?

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Matt & Kim @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Matt and Kim

Who would have thought back in 2006 when Matt & Kim were rising through the ranks of the Todd P Brooklyn DIY scene that one day they'd be third on a three-band tour with Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance?

As you may have heard in a commercial playing in the backseat of a cab or elsewhere, Blink 182 are going on the "Honda Civic Tour" with My Chemical Romance. Openers for that tour, which vary by date, include Manchester Orchestra, Rancid, and.... Matt & Kim. Manchester is supporting the first leg of the tour which hits NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center on August 5 and Long Island's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 6 and 7, though Manchester won't open the August 7 show, as they will be at Lollapalooza. A different opener is to be announced. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now, with a general sale starting Saturday (6/11) at 10 AM. Matt & Kim open most of the dates in September and October, as you can see below.

Maybe Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, who covered "Dammit" (video below), will come out to one of the shows (thinking from her seat during the Brooklyn duo's opening set, "that should be me!"). Mark Hoppus loves Best Coast and also interviewed her boyfriend Wavves.

For now Bethany will have to be satisfied with her contributions to pop punk band New Found Glory. According to the band's website, "Today our friend Bethany from the band Best Coast came into the studio and sang vocals on one of our new songs! We are totally pumped to have her guest on our record."

Best Coast play a Planned Parenthood Benefit w/ Those Darlins at Le Poisson Rouge on June 16, two days after opening the sold out Decemberists show at Prospect Park (6/14). Tickets for the LPR show are still on sale.

Wavves open for Guided by Voices in McCarren Park on June 18th and has other dates scheduled too.

Meanwhile, Matt & Kim are on tour with The Thermals (Who ever thought the Thermals would go on tour with a band that would go on tour with Blink 182?) (though it is consistent with The Thermals' thing about always touring with bands that include at least one female member). Their Terminal 5 show together is sold out, but tickets are still on sale for the show The Thermals are headlining (without Matt & Kim) at The Bell House on July 1 with Big Troubles and (the female-fronted) EULA.

Honda Civic dates & Best Coast 182 video below...

Continue reading "Matt & Kim going on tour w/ Blink 182 & My Chemical Romance, Best Coast & Wavves are probably jealous"

photos by Eric M. Townsend

BOMB Fest
BOMB Fest

B.O.M.B. Fest went down over Memorial Day Weekend at Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT. You already saw the Dan Deacon pictures from the first day of the two day fest. Now here are the rest from that Saturday (May 28th) (we have no pics from Sunday). They continue below...

Continue reading "B.O.M.B. Fest 2011 - Day 1 in pics"

Best Coast at Bowery Ballroom (more by Bao Nguyen)
Best Coast

In addition to their date supporting The Decemberists at the now sold-out Prospect Park benefit on June 14th, Best Coast has added a headlining NYC show. The band will team with Those Darlins to play a benefit for Planned Parenthood on June 16th at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale for the show which is a almost two months before Best Coast return to the NYC-area to take part in the first-ever "Escape to New York" fest in the Hamptons.

Other fests Best Coast play this summer include B.O.M.B. Fest in CT, the sold out Bonnaroo (well, some VIP tix are still available), the sold-out Sasquatch Festival, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands.

Those Darlins will also be in NYC in the days surrounding the LPR show. They play a free show at the Big Apple BBQ on June 12 with former tourmates Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, and a Hoboken show at Maxwell's on 6/11 (tickets). Black Joe Lewis play Maxwell's one day later (tickets).

All Best Coast tour dates and a video of Bethany BC announcing the Planned Parenthood show is below.

Continue reading "Best Coast playing Planned Parenthood benefit w/ Those Darlins (and other dates), Bonnaroo is sold out"

Outside Lands 2011

The Outside Lands Festival, which runs from 8/12 - 8/14 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, released their 2011 lineup in April (and now it's May, so consider this a catch up post). Tickets are on sale.

This year's fest will appearances from The Shins, Muse, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Phish (two sets), !!!, Erykah Badu, Big Audio Dynamite (who played Coachella and are also playing Lollapalooza), Girl Talk and many more. The full lineup is below.

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Shinecock

"Escape to New York, an art, music and interactive performance party from the creator of the Secret Garden Party UK is pleased to confirm their Friday and Saturday line-ups:

Patti Smith, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, The Vaccines, Best Coast, Au Revoir Simone, Chairlift, Lissy Trullie, Graffiti 6, The Submarines, White Rabbits, Static Jacks and The Postelles.

The Sunday Main Stage line up and the weekend's DJ line up will be announced over the next few weeks........

Coming to the US shores for the first time, Escape to New York is the first pop-up destination community and independent experiential music and lifestyle festival to take place on Shinnecock Nation land adjacent to Southampton, New York, from August 5th through 7th, 2011.

Expect the unexpected. Imagine the unimaginable. This special event is unlike anything the east coast has experienced before including the world's biggest brunch at a live music festival, installation and performance art, experimental theater, high-end camping, aka "Glamping" and amazing culinary delights unlike any other festival event. Escape to New York will also feature a safe children play area so families can enjoy the festivities, shade areas to cool off in, traditional Shinnecock arts and crafts and food, and three days/nights of some of the best emerging artists and known heritage acts to be heard anywhere.

"Our goal is turn upside down the conventional music festival experience and recreate it in a way that makes each and every attendee walk away feeling they just had an incredibly unexpected and amazing VIP experience from the moment they entered our gates all the way through to when they pack up to return to their regular lives", shares Escape to New York Executive Producer, Fred Fellowes.

The location of Escape to New York on the sovereign Shinnecock Reservation land is also unique. The Shinnecocks have lived along the shores of Eastern Long Island for thousands of years, and in October 2010 became the 565th federally recognized tribe.

Thus upon entering the reservation you are both in and escaping New York.

"The Shinnecock Nation welcomes the Escape to New York festival that will take here in August and we are working closely with the festival team to assure a success," says Beverly Jensen, Shinnecock Tribe Member and Communications Director. "

Well, hopefully this festival doesn't need to sell as many tickets as Music to Know Fest which happens in East Hampton one weekend later (and just announced Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Cold War Kids, Chromeo, Matt & Kim, etc). That said, with Escape to New York they're really trying to push the experience separate from the bands. In fact, a "Manifesto of the Party" on their website includes these lines:
What makes a good party?
What you do not what you see
Who you meet not who you see
It ends with "Imagine a wonderland." Is this potential wonderland (and "the world's biggest brunch") worth $100 a day? Tickets are on sale.

Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)
Lollaplaooza

Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.

The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).

Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2011 lineup announced"

Escape to NY

"As the 2011 North American music festival season kicks into high gear during the next several months, U.K. fest organizer Fred Fellowes will test the New York market with a three-day lifestyle event in August modeled after his Secret Garden Party in England.

The inaugural Escape to New York festival will be held Aug. 5-7 on the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton, N.Y. The initial lineup includes Best Coast, White Rabbits and the Vaccines, and a full list of performers will be announced in the coming weeks, a representative says.

"We're not coming out guns blazing with a huge mega-list of an event, by any means," says Fellowes, whose summertime Secret Garden Party annually draws about 30,000 people to Grange Farm in Cambridgeshire. Founded in 2003, the event has featured such acts as Phoenix, Florence & the Machine and the xx. "We are trying to start with a modest grass-roots type of approach with about 5,000 people and slowly grow it from there," Fellowes adds.

The idea to stage an event on an Indian reservation was spurred by a chance encounter Fellowes had five years ago at Austin's South by Southwest with entrepreneur Rocco Gardner, who had ties with the Shinnecock tribe." [Billboard]
Tickets are already on sale. Watch a video teaser below...

Continue reading "Escape to New York Fest coming to Southampton, NY"

photos by David Andrako

DFA1979
Coachella

"While it was kind of a running joke that the gnarled dance-punk band was one of the biggest reunions at this year's Coachella (Death From Above 2005 jokes abounded), the band reasserted what made them such a strange and compelling commodity in the first place.

Lacerating bass, Grainger's falsetto wails and a relentless rhythmic urgency both hearkened back to the mid-'00 dance punk craze, yet reminded the audience that their palpable violence set them apart from their more trend-minded peers.

"Romantic Rights" and "Blood on Our Hands" rode slithery, distortion-tangled bass lines over the kind of four-on-the-floor that bassist Jesse F. Keeler would explore more thoroughly in his disco aegis MSTRKRFT.The audience seemed simultaneously enthralled and a bit confused."
[LA Times]

Death From Above 1979's performance on Sunday was the second time the reunited band graced a public stage since announcing their return. The first was a semi-surprise appearance at this year's SXSW at March that got much more attention than anyone even anticipated due to a bit of violence that made the late night news. In May the band does it again at Sasquach.

Coachella 2011 concluded on Sunday with a big headlining set by Kanye West. I already posted some pictures from that one, but a more proper set is also in this post which also includes our full set of pictures from the California festival's final day (day one pics HERE, day two HERE).

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon who played Friday night with Gayngs, made two guest appearances on Sunday, first with the National earlier in the day and then with Kanye West during one of the most high profile sets of the weekend.

The other big set of Sunday was by the Strokes who weren't afraid to play the hits. Their full setlist is below.

The Strokes
Coachella

PJ Harvey (who arrives in NYC this week) played her headlining set on the "Outdoor Theatre." It overlapped with both The Strokes and Kanye...

"Backed by a nimble three piece band, Harvey, with the Strokes audible from the nearby main stage during the silences between songs, delivered the most emotionally intense performance I witnessed at this year's Coachella, singing songs of violence, war, love and lust (mostly from her harrowing new Let England Shake), before a crowd of rabid supporters...." [SPIN]
a rabid supporter... (this pic not by David Andrako)...PJ

More pictures from Sunday, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2011 Day 3 in pics (The Strokes, DFA1979, PJ Harvey, The National, CSS, MEN, Nas, OFF! & more)"

The Decemberists @ Beacon Theater (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Decemberists

If you were wondering what ever happened to that Decemberists / Best Coast show happenning in Prospect Park on June 14th, well it's back as part of an official Decemberists tour announcement that also includes more Best Coast shows, and a bunch with Justin Townes Earle. A presale is happening NOW. Look for Brooklyn tickets to appear back on Ticketmaster this week.

"In other Decemberists news, the band has introduced a Create-Your-Own Polaroid Slideshow on Decemberists.com where fans can pick from more than 2,000 of the Polaroids taken by photographer Autumn De Wilde during the recording of The King is Dead and sort them into a custom slideshow set to one of four album tracks.

The band has also announced the April 16 release of Live At Bull Moose, a limited edition EP in conjunction with Record Store Day. The seven-track CD--which will be available exclusively through participating independent record stores--was recorded live at Bull Moose in Scarborough, Maine, and includes songs from The King Is Dead, as well as a cover of the country ballad "If I Could Only Win Your Love" by The Louvin Brothers."

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Decemberists announce dates w/ Best Coast, Justin Townes Earle (2011 shows are on presale now)"

Decemberists at Beacon Theatre (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Decemberists

Though Colin Meloy and Jenny Conlee recently flexed their acting muscles (Portlandia videos below), we are happy to report that they aren't pulling a reverse Jared Leto and The Decemberists will return to the stage (they were meant for it). After a European tour in March and a U.S. tour in April, the band will start hitting festivals like Jazzfest and Sasquatch and the Celebrate Brooklyn series of shows!. They play the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 14th with Best Coast. Tickets for the 'benefit' go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon (3/2), and regular sale on Friday.... will go on sale soon (they pushed it back a week I think).

The Brooklyn show happens five days after Best Coast play Bonnaroo. All tour dates for both bands, a Best Coast vs. Nardwuar video & more, below...

Continue reading "The Decemberists are playing Prospect Park w/ Best Coast (and other tour dates)"

Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is here"

Sasquatch

Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2011 lineup announced (Archers of Loaf, Guided By Voices, Wolf Parade, DFA 1979 & "The Soft Bulletin" included)"

words by Rachel Kowal, photos by Bao Nguyen

"For the record wavves has NOT confirmed anything for sxsw I have no idea why they posted our name that shit is bogus" - Wavves

"wavves covered nervous breakdown. black flag covers are like birthday cakes, or pizza." - Joe Frontirre

Best Coast

Brooklyn may still be covered with a few layers of dirty, icy snow, but last night's bill at MHOW offered a brief respite from the cold, gray weather.

With their noisy, high-energy music, the first openers, No Joy, seemed a fitting addition to the evening's bill. The guitar levels may have been a bit muffled for much of their performance, but they powered through their set regardless. The two main singers let their long hair fall over their faces and around the microphone, pushing it back only between songs to make sure they got the timing right. They hardly said a word between songs or sought to engage the audience with anything resembling eye contact, but their performance exuded the most energetic manifestation of lethargy I've seen in quite a while. For their finale, they unassumingly crouched down on stage over pedals as the sound died out around them.

From the first few notes of Best Coast's set, the dynamic in the room shifted to make way for the band's deceptively upbeat songs of LA life, inertia, and unrequited love. The trio kicked off their set with "This is Real," a sweet little song with a buoyant chorus that sounds almost as if it were made for Tennis's Alaina Moore.

They stood far apart on stage, but the isolation seemed to work for them. Unlike No Joy's muddled sound, Best Coast benefited from a mix that emphasized each player's strong points. Though not particularly insightful, the short, poppy format and pleasantly innocuous lyrics ("I wish he was my boyfriend") made nearly every song sound like a single.

After breezing through much of their discography and a Loretta Lynn cover song, Best Coast concluded their set with "Each and Every Day," and at Bethany Cosentino's lead, the crowd gladly clapped along.

Wavves

I confess I got a bit sleepy between sets, but I immediately perked back up as soon as Wavves began to play. Suddenly, the calmly swaying, casually dancing crowd turned into a whirlpool of activity as beach balls and (soft) frisbees were hurled into the sold-out room. Up front, a mosh pit developed almost instantaneously as if on cue.

After a number of heavily publicized debacles, it was good to see Wavves feel a bit more at home on stage. Sure, there was one false start when guitarist Nathan Williams got a little ahead of himself on the set list, but other than that, the boys kept it together. A few songs in, Williams even paused a few seconds to deliver a little PSA about safety after one eager fan took a nasty stage dive into the unprepared crowd. "Guys, if somebody falls down, pick them up. Don't step on their face."

One of the highlights of the show came when another fan who had also managed to get on stage, overstayed his welcome and promptly got hurled back into the crowd by a bouncer. ("That was pretty good," said Williams afterward. "He got real leverage with that push!") (update: video below)

After Wavves' frenzied, encore-less set, I quickly surveyed the crowd from my spot in the balcony. The sweep of the spotlights revealed a couple making out and a number of happily bruised, disheveled people, searching for belongings that had gotten lost in the mad shuffle and grabbing a few beach balls as souvenirs on their way out.

The tour continues in Boston tonight. Two nights ago they played the larger Webster Hall in Manhattan. More pictures from the Brooklyn show (though none of No Joy - Bao had train problems), and Best Coast's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Best Coast, Wavves & No Joy played MHOW (pics & setlist)"

photos by Chris Gersbeck

"Off to Wavves and Best Coast -
maybe I'll show up on Hipster Runoff tomorrow" - Wesley Barrow

"At best coast/wavves, 99 percent of people here
follow best coast's cat on twitter" - WiLD ViBES

Best Coast @ Webster Hall
Best Coast

"The '90s are back, and along with flannel, environmentalism and 20-something ennui, the resurgence has brought some great self-deprecating rock songs.

Best Coast and Wavves are responsible for the best of them. The two young bands performed at the 9:30 Club on Monday night, singing about California boredom and slacker romance - the latter made all the more intriguing by the fact that Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino and Wavves singer Nathan Williams are a couple.

And while the neo-grunge lovebirds have both toured doggedly (and separately) in support of their both-excellent 2010 albums, Monday's gig proved that neither act has quite figured out how to translate the heroic loserdom of their recordings to the stage.

Still, these losers have been wildly successful." [Washington Post]

You won't be able to see the stage, but the entire DC show is streaming at NPR. It took place the same night Best Coast's Letterman's appearance aired.

Two nights after DC, last night (2/2), Best Coast, Wavves, and tour-opener No Joy played a sold out show at Webster Hall, and they do it again tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from Webster Hall are below...

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Wavves & Best Coast are here
Wavves

today in NYC
* Dubbidet @ Barbes
* Rob Burger @ The Stone
* Vicky Chow @ The Stone
* Glen Hansard @ City Winery
* Holy Ghost! @ Mercury Lounge
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Michelle Nagai @ Issue Project Room
* Best Coast, Wavves, No Joy @ Webster Hall
* Brooke Shields @ Feinstein's at Loews Regency
* Matis Aguayo, JDH, Dave P @ Santos Party House
* Zongo Junction, Ikebe Shakedown @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Pillars and Tongues, Hiro Kone, Highlife @ Zebulon
* Carolina Chocolate Drops @ Lincoln Center's Allen Room
* Tooth Ache., The Shining Twins, Boom Chick @ Glasslands
* The Radio Dept., Young Prisms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Findlay Brown, Auditorium, Christopher Paul Stelling @ Bowery Electric
* Eluveitie, System Divide, 3 Inches of Blood, Holy Grail @ Gramercy Theatre
* Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Family Portrait, Melted Toys, Speculator @ Maxwell's
* Incredible Pyramid, Beach Arabs, Emily Reo, Phillip Seymour Hoffman @ Silent Barn
* Emil & Friends, Arms, Ravens & Chimes, Jared Van Fleet, Friend, Roulette @ Pianos
* Hunter Valentine, Vanity Theft, People You Know (Big Queer Party) @ Knitting Factory
* Alloy Orchestra playing scores to silent films @ World Financial Center Winter Garden
* Slowest Runner String Quintet, Anahita, Sontag Shogun, Aki Onda, The Dreebs @ Death By Audio
* The Big Terrific Comedy Show w/ Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate @ Cameo Gallery
* The Green Album (Weezer tribute w/ members of We Are Scientists, Blood Orange, Rewards), Bad Girlfriend @ Bruar Falls

Best Coast and Wavves play their first of two NYC shows together tonight. Best Coast gave a very impressive performance on Letterman Monday night (the same night Justin Bieber was on the show). Video of that, David saying "Snacks the Cat" included, below...

What else?

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Madeline Follin of Cults & Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more)
Cults & Best Coast

Congrats to Madeline Folin and her band Cults who have inked a deal with Columbia Records for release of their forthcoming debut LP in May. The band will hit the road to play a string of dates with Asobi Seksu on their way to SxSW, and then loop back to their native NYC to play a pair of headlining shows at Knitting Factory on 3/30 (ticket info forthcoming) and Mercury Lounge on 3/31 (ditto).

Meanwhile, Bethany of Best Coast (pictured above with Madeline) played "Boyfriend" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and is preparing to hit the road with her beau Wavves for a US tour. That Best Coast/Wavves trek hits NYC (with No Joy) on Feb 2nd at Webster Hall and Feb 3rd at Music Hall of Williamsburg. MHoW is sold-out, but tickets to Webster Hall are still available.

To commemorate their tour, the love birds (Nathan and Bethany) have collaborated on a split 7" named after, and only available at stops on, the Summer Is Forever tour. The seven inch will feature fresh tracks from both bands. Best Coast will contribute "When You Wake Up" for the A-Side, with Waaves contributing "Stained Glass (Won't You Let Me Into Yr Heart)" for the flip. Mexican Summer, the label responsible for the vinyl, will offer both tracks on an iTunes sampler due on January 11th, for those of you who are vinyl-impaired. The cover art is below.

Asobi Seksu also plays Highline Ballroom on January 27th (tickets still avail) supporting White Lies and February 17th at Mercury Lounge (tickets still avail).

Full tour dates, video of Best Coast on Fallon, and a stream of Cults uber-buzzy 7" are all below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Weezer @ MSG in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Weezer

In October, Weezer revealed NYC dates and venues for the Blue Album/Pinkerton shows, as part of the Weezer Memories Tour Driven By State Farm. In case you weren't able to muster up the 74 dollars for tickets, or you didn't act quick enough (the shows are sold out), we're giving away four pairs of tickets to the Pinkerton show on 12/18, which include meet and greets and an autographed copy of their new album "Hurley". Details on how to enter are below, and if you don't win here, you can also try your luck at the State Farm Nation Facebook where you can enter the "Grantin' Wishes with Weezer contest" (you can also win the opportunity to sing on stage and other stuff).

The Memories Tour kicked off in California in late November with Best Coast opening two LA shows. In case you didn't hear, it was at those shows that Bethany of Best Coast performed Weezer's "Island In The Sun" with Rivers during the first part of the show (they played the albums last). Both LA setlists and video of the Rivers/Bethany duet are below.

Unfortunately, Bethany won't likely be at either of the two New York dates, which are both being opened, like the rest of the tour, by Free Energy (which is appropriate though, because Weezer is somewhat of an arena band and Free Energy are not afraid to wear their arena rock band influences on their sleeve).

After the Weezer tour, Free Energy embarks on their final headlining tour in support of their current album. No New York shows in that new set of dates, but in addition to the Weezer tour, Free Energy just played a bunch in town on their last tours. They're promising new songs this time around (from the new album they're recording), and those new dates (Philly included) are listed below..

Videos, pictures, tour dates, and Weezer contest details below...

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Best

I wonder what he thinks of Wavves. Listen to him say it in the Sirius XM clip below...

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Wavves @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Wavves

Guster, Chief Xcel of Blackalicious, Darker My Love, Natalie Hemby, Crystal Antlers, Bishop Allen, Jenny O, Little Jackie, Ceci Bastida, and "Best Coast, Wavves" have contributed new songs to a Target Christmas album which is currently streaming at Target's site (a download of the songs is "coming soon"). Maybe the two bands will perform the song live when they collaborate on stage during their 2011 tour together. Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino told SPIN:

"We're both in summery California bands and I think by doing the tour in winter, we're bringing summer to places where it's fucking freezing," she says. "We've been talking about what we want the vibe to be -- we want it to be a beach-themed sort of thing, but we're still brainstorming."

Cosentino and Williams haven't planned all details of their sets yet -- Wavves are currently touring in Europe -- but she says fans can definitely expect some on-stage collaborations between the acts. "I'm sure we'll end up doing some songs together," she says. "We were joking that the whole show should be a Wavves-Best Coast jam, but everyone would probably just want a refund if we did that."

Williams also promises there will be a special, limited-edition piece of merch for sale. "I can't say what it is but it's definitely cool," he says. "I think we're also gonna breed cats before the shows and sell them at the merch table."

That tour kicks off on 1/21 on their home coast which is also where it ends on 2/26. Along the way they hit, as previously mentioned, Webster Hall on 2/2. They'll also be at the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn one day later. Tickets for both NYC shows are now on AmEx presale. Regular sale starts Friday at noon.

No Joy, who you maybe caught during CMJ, opens almost every show on the tour.

Other upcoming shows for Best Coast include two dates with Weezer, and EIGHT shows in FOUR DAYS at the SAME LAS VEGAS HOTEL (the new Cosmopolitan). Not sure what that is all about, but all dates are listed below...

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